4 October 2004|
Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA
First Of The Gang To DieNote: above track listing is in approximate order.
On this first of two consecutive dates in Boston Morrissey was in fine form and quite talkative. The sound was excellent. The crowd was rather quiet as is often the case in that city. It must be said however that a few factors had a negative effect on the crowd's energy: security didn't let anyone get closer to the stage and it was very very hot in the venue. Morrissey even commented on the heat at some point when he told the fans to go ahead and sweat. The only positive effect of the heat is that Morrissey would change shirts more often and then dispose of the sweat-drenched ones into the audience. Only one fan climbed on stage despite the absence of a barrier, and it happened during the encore.
There were very few changes in the setlist. The recently introduced b-side "The Never Played Symphonies" was replaced by the set regular "Everyday Is Like Sunday".
After set opener "First Of The Gang To Die" Morrissey mentioned that this was Julia's (Morrissey's most dedicated fan) hometown. He also said that Oscar Wilde had once been on the same stage. He actually changed a line in the following song, "Bigmouth Strikes Again", to "Now I know how Oscar Wilde felt". Over the length of the show he made quite a few political comments. When talking about Condoleeza Rice he said "My advice is to be very scared". He asked if people knew who John Stewart was and said that he would make a great president. He said the man must be short because: "Did you ever see him standing? (crowd: no!) Nobody has..." Of John Kerry he said "He has a really funny face, but he's got to be the next president."
At some point Morrissey addressed the lighting guy who he called Max. When the spot wasn't following him to his satisfaction, he said "I'm over here Max" or pretended to grab it and pull it to him. Morrissey also discussed the cancellation of the Lollapalooza tour originally booked for the summer. He explained that he had woken up drunk in January and agreed to do Lollapolooza but there was a God out there and it wasn't to be (the tour had to be cancelled because of poor ticket sales). He said he would like all declarations of love sent to him in writing. As an introduction to "Let Me Kiss You" he explained that it was a European-only single and that Americans would need to buy the import.
In the customary introduction of his band Morrissey said that he had met his musicians in the feminine hygiene aisle at Rite-Aid. At some point he asked if people were coming to the second show scheduled for the next day. When many voices answered positively, he said "I don't mind..." When he did "How Soon Is Now?" he asked the audience if they knew the song's cover version by T.A.T.U. At the end of the show he thanked his audience by saying "You've been a college prep professor's ideal crowd!"
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